Joshua McVeigh-Schultz is an interaction designer, ethnographer, and media maker in the Media Arts and Practice PhD program in USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. His research intersects fields of HCI, STS, media studies, and design theory, and his dissertation explores fictive rituals as forms of speculative design. In 2013, he won an Intel PhD Fellowship for his research on data-driven objects and speculative ritual design. He has interned at Intel Labs and Microsoft Research. At MSR New England he researched the role of affordances in a microsocial relationship app, Couple. At Intel Labs’ Interaction Experience Research group (IXR), he spearheaded the rapid prototyping efforts for the “data monster” toolkit, exploring animistic behaviors as an approach to live data-visualization. For his dissertation, he explored speculative ritual design in a variety of contexts including: civic participation, interpersonal communication, and human-object relationship formation. He earned an MFA at UC Santa Cruz’s Digital Arts and New Media program. For his MFA thesis, he designed a mobile interface that crowd-sources the on-the-street interview by enabling live audience to drive interview interactions. He also completed an MA in Asian Studies at UC Berkeley where he researched identity performance in Japanese social media. At USC he worked as a designer in Scott Fisher’s Mobile and Environmental Research Lab, designing speculative interfaces for creative collaboration in VR (among other topics). He has also been a researcher for the Institute for Multimedia Literacy, a member of Henry Jenkins’s Civic Paths research group, and a contributor to the academic blog Culture Digitally. He earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago, where he studied linguistic anthropology, primatology, and cinema & media studies. Between his undergraduate and graduate careers, he lived, studied, and taught in Japan and China.